Cuisine: Asian, International, South Asian
Price Point: Mains from £10-£20
Ranked: #1 of 105 restaurants in London

Scott Hallsworth, the culinary legend behind Nobu, is back with a dazzling new restaurant in London’s West End.

With the menu centred around sharing plates, it’s only natural that the restaurant’s interior should reflect this community feel. The long tables create an informal atmosphere and a distinctly ‘market’ feel with groups of people mixing and matching different plates of delicious grub.

Specialising in sharing plates from all around Asia, Freak Scene captures the very best Asian flavours and gives them an unexpected twist. Loch Duart Salmon Sashimi Pizza? Yes, that’s on the menu along with other exquisite fish dishes and a range of plates that combine bold flavours guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling.

There is a small but carefully considered drinks menu, chosen especially to compliment your food. The majority of wines on offer originate from Australia, New Zealand or South Africa and there are perfectly blended cocktails to suit any taste. And what is a Japanese dish without Sake? With two on offer, it’s a full cultural experience at Freak Scene.

So, step into this slice of Asia in central London. You’d better like sharing your food!

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Freak Scene
54 Frith Street
Soho
London W1D 4SL

Open Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tue - Wed: 5pm till 11pm
Thur - Sat: 5pm till late
Sun: Closed

Phone: 02077 346370
Website: www.freakscene.london

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Ranked: #1 of 105 restaurants in London 1
Freak Scene
Location: Soho
Cuisine: Asian, International, South Asian
Mains: £10-£20

Reviews

What a great experience! Staff were friendly and very helpful. The recommendations made regarding food were on point. Because the seating area is in front of the various chefs (bar counter seating) we got to interact with chefs serving our dishes and they were more than happy to chat and answer questions about the food. They even helped skillfully debone fish and chicken after it was presented to us so we could get straight into enjoying our food. The food was described to us at the beginning as a fusion between Aussie and Asia and they got it just right. We will definitely be back to our list will be all 'bun' dishes and the beef. We must try the cabbage dish too, didn't have enough room left after this trip.

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Excellent lunch at Freak Scene!
Scott the owner was cooking and took us through the dishes adding to our experience. Will definitely be going again, still some dishes I have not tried.....

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Leonie Smith

The entire experience was incredible. From the moment I was greeted after walking in the door to when we left. It is a tiny little restaurant - I felt privileged to get a seat - with chefs cooking right in front of you. The menu changes often, depending on the freshly sourced ingredients and how experimental the head chef is feeling! Our menu was changed as I sat sipping on my delicious cocktail. Between the two of us, we have 5 savory dishes and one dessert to share, this was the perfect amount.
Every single dish was absolutely delicious. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be the Roasted Cabbage - they left us the sauce for all other plates and we had no shame in dipping just about everything into it! We also devoured the; Chili Crab and Avocado Bomb (brilliant textures and flavors), A Thousand Leaves - House Chips (so crunchy!), Artichoke Chopsticks (a hint of a sweet taste to it that was brilliant), Beer Marinated Rib Eye (so tender, in a scrumptious sauce) and the Pavlova (as Australians we could not turn this down, and thank goodness we didn't!!).
We were eyeing the other dishes as they came out too, and they all looked as amazing as ours. Need to go back and try everything else on the menu,
Highly recommend!

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Iris Gomez

Our experience at Freakscene was simply AMAZING! From each dish being carefully prepared in front of us, with one of the chefs being very helpful and explaining what some ingredients were or how some parts of the dishes are prepared to the waiting staff being super friendly and bubbly! And obviously, THE FOOD. Each dish was so different to the other that I would recommend (and for my next trip too) to try as many dishes as you can and share them with a couple of people to make sure you try everything. The duck “tacos” were my favourite dish of the evening, however even the chips were amazing!
Well worth the visit!

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Candice Elle Richardson

My friend and I attended Freak Scene after work and had a wonderful time. The service was fantastic they made me feel right at home whilst I waited for my friend to arrive. The chefs had some great suggestions for food and cocktails. The food was simply amazing, lots of flavours, tapas is my favourite way to eat, you get to try a bit of everything. Also great location. I highly recommend.

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Catriona Middleton

Absolutely cracking meal. We honestly felt like robbers with the savings provided by booking through First Table!

We were greeted immediately, sat down and received good attentive service for our whole meal.

The food itself was excellent, star dish was the 'Chicken Fried Chicken'. I was also really impressed with the vegetarian dishes on offer- the cauliflower was stellar! Everything was beautifully cooked, it really reminded me of our recent trip to Japan! I personally don't drink alcohol, but my husband was very happy with the beer offerings.

We will be returning as a larger group to try and tackle the whole menu

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Rachel Gordon

Delicious food! An array of flavours and textures that all worked amazingly together. The aubergine was our favourite, it was the perfect amount of sweet and salty with a bit of crunch to offset the smoothness of the uabergine itself. Thanks for a great night, we will definitely be back!

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Freak Scene is not your standard restaurant, you probably guessed this from the name. The walls are decorated with a variety of unobtrusive memorabilia. Which gives the place a relaxed and comfortable feel alongside the seating around the kitchen/bar. This would be a great choice for a date.

The food is all intented to be shared, and was incredible! We ordered three dishes at a time and between the two of us we had 9 dishes, each and everyone got us saying "omg this is goooood"

The crab and avocado wontons, the beef tataki, the black cod tacos and the short rib are must haves!

Though everything was so good that I'm planning to have everything I didn't manage to try this time.

If you like the look of the menu this restaurant is a must visit!

Also a big thank you to first table (special mention to Elliott Hannam) for helping with a little issue which was 100% my fault. Some of the best customer service I've ever received!

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Kirsten Burr

Great vibe! In the heart of soho so very central and close to theatres if you’re looking to grab a bite to eat and a cocktail before hand. Food is cooked and prepared in front of you which I love, you could tell the chef was passionate about food. Tapas style but decent portions and very delicious. Good variety of food and something different which was enjoyable. Staff were really friendly. First table made it affordable and great value. Overall great experience

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Daria Szwarc

Amazing experience and culinary adventure! My second time there and happy to go back again! Highly recommended!

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Freak Scene is on a bustling Soho street, is quite small (but I found this to be a plus in this case) and has mostly high stool seating. We sat right in front of the chefs and watched our food being made which is always fascinating and adds to the experience. Also got to chat to the staff who were all lovely and attentive. The food was very tasty and quite unique, in small tapas plates so I got to try many different items (my favourite was a fried chicken bun). We had a great time and would come again!

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Great food. Really nice to have something different. The staff were efficient, chatty and friendly.

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First time using first table and so glad i went with Freak Scene! Amazing food, fantastic service and a fab concept. Loved everything about the place, have already booked my next visit.

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Nida Rahman

Wonderful experice made affordable by first table. If you're in 2 minds about booking to eat here, go for it!

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Pratik Shah

We visited as a group of 3 friends to Freak Scene, and enjoyed our experience there. The seating is by the counter, where you can see your food being prepared. The food was excellent and the service, particularly by the manager I believe, was great (always smiling!).

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We had a lovely dinner here!

Superb service! Really impressed. And everything looked so fresh and tasted so nice. It’s like a Japanese place with an Australian twist, to quote our lovely waiter.

We had sashimi, wonton bomb, beef tataki, chicken fried chicken, and pan fried lemon sole. Everything was great but my personal favourite was the beef tataki! Make sure you try that if you are a meat eater, so so so good.

Can’t wait to go back!

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Jennifer Lim

Had a great time! Would def. come back. However it is like bar seating, even so it isn't that hard sharing if you were a party of 2-3.

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Ordered 3-4 dishes each, all were interesting and tasty. Particularly enjoyed the crab wonton bombs, salmon sashimi pizza and the pork belly. The location, decor and atmosphere were great. Service was really warm, friendly and genuine.

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Emily Thorpe

Delicious food and excellent, friendly service in this restaurant. Seats along the counter ideal for couples and small groups. Great atmosphere too!

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I had been desperate to try freak scene after numerous recommendations for friends...and it did not disappoint. Every dish we had was incredible and it was hard to pick our favourite plate with all the different flavours of Asia...but you must try the friend chicken and red curry duck buns! Great atmosphere and lovely staff really topped it off!

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Food was amazing! Would definitely come back!

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Freak Scene really met my expectations, based on past reviews. Firstly the staff were very welcoming and helpful. Max especially made our night. All the dishes were delicious. Grilled aubergine, roasted cabbage, fried chicken steamed bun, curried cauliflower tempura were all amazing. Avocado crab wanton bomb and lamb roti were a little underwhelming but still yum. Definitely be returning again, but on a first table to get the great discount, as some of the prices are high for small plates (roasted cabbage is 9pounds at full price).

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What a great experience! Staff were friendly and very helpful. The recommendations made regarding food were on point. Because the seating area is in front of the various chefs (bar counter seating) we got to interact with chefs serving our dishes and they were more than happy to chat and answer questions about the food. They even helped skillfully debone fish and chicken after it was presented to us so we could get straight into enjoying our food. The food was described to us at the beginning as a fusion between Aussie and Asia and they got it just right. We will definitely be back to our list will be all 'bun' dishes and the beef. We must try the cabbage dish too, didn't have enough room left after this trip.

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I can understand why it is rated so highly! Staff are very friendly and food was incredible. Have already been recommending it to friends

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Restaurant vibe is great and perfect for small party dinner as it’s a counter seating only. Tapas style sharing menu offering fresh and tasty product. We enjoyed it but having been in many restaurants in the area, we found that cocktail price is fair but food is a bit expensive. With a first table option this is fair but not sure I will be willing to pay full price on food for some plate. If you never been, it worth a try.

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Bemily Webster

This is third time I have been back to Freak Scene, and for the third time I was not disappointed! Sitting at the bar is great way to feel engaged with the chef and the team, but your also presented with a view of bustling Soho. The changing menu means you can go back again and again, I'm yet to try something I haven't enjoyed. The roasted cabbage with dried miso is a mouthwatering winner!

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Tom Russell

Cool bar seating, neighbouring party may have slightly overextended their space but still suitable for two. Food was very very good, friendly service, being seated in the corner may have slightly hindered attention but still in no way bad. Would definitely recommend and will return.

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Freak Scene is great fun! The staff are friendly, and the food and cocktails are fantastic. The Bonzai Kitten cocktail is a personal favourite. The dishes we ordered were all fantastic, particularly the trout and the duck bao. The atmosphere is informal and friendly - the cool decor and music (enjoyable, but not too loud) are the icing on the cake!

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It was just amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! No other words! Wow!

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Eleanor Riley

Super friendly staff and great atmosphere. Food was great especially the bao.

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Holly Curtis

Lovely Asian-inspired with Aussie twist restaurant. Tapas/sharing plate style.great varriety of plates. We sat at bar stools in-front of the chef which was fun to observe. Food served as it is cooked. Would definitely recommend :)

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This was an excellent pick. I loved the enthusiasm and passion of the chef. The flavours were amazing a real burst of Asian fusion flavours. I would love to go back and try out more thing on the menu. With the small plates it gave us the ability to try more items then would normally have. Thanks team!

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Delicious!

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Excellent lunch at Freak Scene!
Scott the owner was cooking and took us through the dishes adding to our experience. Will definitely be going again, still some dishes I have not tried.....

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Leonie Smith

The entire experience was incredible. From the moment I was greeted after walking in the door to when we left. It is a tiny little restaurant - I felt privileged to get a seat - with chefs cooking right in front of you. The menu changes often, depending on the freshly sourced ingredients and how experimental the head chef is feeling! Our menu was changed as I sat sipping on my delicious cocktail. Between the two of us, we have 5 savory dishes and one dessert to share, this was the perfect amount.
Every single dish was absolutely delicious. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be the Roasted Cabbage - they left us the sauce for all other plates and we had no shame in dipping just about everything into it! We also devoured the; Chili Crab and Avocado Bomb (brilliant textures and flavors), A Thousand Leaves - House Chips (so crunchy!), Artichoke Chopsticks (a hint of a sweet taste to it that was brilliant), Beer Marinated Rib Eye (so tender, in a scrumptious sauce) and the Pavlova (as Australians we could not turn this down, and thank goodness we didn't!!).
We were eyeing the other dishes as they came out too, and they all looked as amazing as ours. Need to go back and try everything else on the menu,
Highly recommend!

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I thought I’d filled the space in my heart for Asian Tapas .. but I was so wrong. Every single thing we ordered was delicious, with standouts from the Crab and Avocado Wonton and the Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps which were melt in your mouth, eyes rolled back in your head delicious.
The drinks menu was fairly priced and they have some really tasty wines on the menu. Service was a touch slow, however they were insanely busy and the relaxed bar seating means you can sit back enjoy your drink and watch Soho roll by outside.
Overall we will 100% be back!

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Excellent meal for two. We pretty much ordered 2 thirds of the menu (thinking it was 50% off)- when the bill came that wasn’t the case. I didn’t bother questioning it because the food was really good. Cocktails were amazing too (but kind of defeats the purpose of going somewhere with “50%” off food).

Our bill came to £97! Didn’t begrudge it though. Will happily come again. But maybe read the small print next time!

Would happily recommend.

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Brilliant food and lovely service. The scallops and the crab wontons were amazing! I will definitely be returning

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Javier Dominguez Francesch

Great food & great service. A fab version of Asian ‘street’ food’ in a rather informal setup. Truly open kitchen and face to face service. Will definitely come back.

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Really unusual but fantastic dining experience! As an adventurous eater I was living for the menu - some of the dishes sounded totally nuts but the staff were there to explain everything and offer their recommendations. Loved the asparagus sticks and the duck smelled good enough to make me forget my usual vegetarianism... it was worth it. The service was speedy and the staff super chill, which is actually a nice departure from the norm. Only caveat: ask for tap water or watch your bill skyrocket!

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I visited Freak Scene with a friend last week, and unfortunately I have to say I was a little disappointed! The reviews on here were raving so perhaps my expectations were too high. The food was good, but very rich and some of the flavours were quite odd and overpowering. Having said that, we enjoyed the duck buns and the miso aubergine. The bar seats are too far away from the table so I found myself leaning quite uncomfortably for most of the meal, and the staff were very nice but would not leave us alone and were constantly asking if we needed anything else or if we needed more drinks. The atmosphere was buzzing by about 7pm and brought a good feel to the place, but it was a bit cold with the floor-to-ceiling windows and door open. Personally though, I much prefer Brother Marcus and Gamma Gamma for better quality food and a more relaxed evening.

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Delicious food and really nice vibe to this place! Recommend the peanut chicken, the brittle was awesome.

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Vladimir Krupnov

Excellent refreshing tapas place. We’ve been visiting as a company of four and had a great pre-theatre dinner at Freak Scene. Everything was very tasty(scallops and mushrooms were top notch), super fresh. The service is efficient and fast. The seats are by the counter and all the tapas are cooked right in front of you - was interesting to observe this as well.

Wine choice is very good as well. Great place for the pre-theatre drinks and snack!

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Iris Gomez

Our experience at Freakscene was simply AMAZING! From each dish being carefully prepared in front of us, with one of the chefs being very helpful and explaining what some ingredients were or how some parts of the dishes are prepared to the waiting staff being super friendly and bubbly! And obviously, THE FOOD. Each dish was so different to the other that I would recommend (and for my next trip too) to try as many dishes as you can and share them with a couple of people to make sure you try everything. The duck “tacos” were my favourite dish of the evening, however even the chips were amazing!
Well worth the visit!

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Charlie Jones

Food was much larger portioned than expected but still full of flavours!! Couldn’t recommend this place more!

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Fantastic service from the guys at Freak Scene - the food consisted of tapas style dishes to be shared. They're flexible and can increase the food order to fit a group of 3 or 4 people. Very tasty, especially enjoyed the duck curry & fried bread, nasu dengaku with candied walnuts, the charred hispi cabbage cooked in truffle oil and the scallops and mushrooms in yuzu! Only downside was the foie gras on mochi toast which we felt was quite a heavy combination. Though a bit difficult to sit especially in a big group, the atmosphere was fun and buzzing in a backdrop of kitsch interior. All in all, good value for money and highly recommended.

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I had very high expectations going for a dinner. Unfortunately, wasn't greatly impressed. We tried 6 dishes between the 2 of us, and honestly, I left a tad hungry. Octopus wasn't good. Crab, salmon pizza and aubergine were tasty. Fried chicken is ok. Cabbage was the best tasting meal for me - simple with a hint of truffle oil. I liked the draft beer the most.Service was friendly and polite. Not giving exceptional mark as the chef was a tad grumpy looking - and we were sitting just opposite him.

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Elvira Wilkinson

Great food with some interesting yet tasty flavours, top cocktails and good service, worth a visit.

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Jack Rigby

So good. Every dish was fantastic, and better than the last - I could eat the truffle cabbage forever. Well worth a visit and ordering a wide variety of things to share and try.

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Caroline Davis

We had a great time at Freak scene on Friday. The staff were all lovely and owners were gladly talking about their experience of opening the restaurant. The food was amazing (crab bomb, miso aubergine and tuna tartare were particularly delicious!) cocktails were also lovely (I had the freaky smash). Overall a lovely dining experience. Only thing I see which wasn’t great was the size as the venue is very small and I assume it can get really busy. But definitely a must eat in soho

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The staff was all extremely nice, eventually a bit too busy and unfortunately, the food wasn't quite there. We ordered the avocado and crab wonton bombs (these were great), salmon sashimi pizzas (also quite good) which both came promptly, but after this point it was a bit of a letdown, we had to wait approx 30 mins for our next dish (mushrooms which were actually quite unpleasant in how alcoholic they tasted), and then another huge chunk of time for a duck leg dish (which was also quite nice). After all this, we were still quite hungry so ordered an aubergine dish (weird overly sweet mess?) and then gave up and ordered the wonton bombs again just because we knew we liked them. I guess it was a small plate/tapas style place where you shouldn't show up as starving probably since the food comes at such random time intervals. Overall, the experience was on the less pleasant side, considering the at the bar seating as well which just gets tiring after a while.

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Rawinder Kaur

Was great food and service, will definitely be coming back!

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Blátháin Iqbal

A funky little restaurant in Soho, with vibrant decor, a good music playlist and playful food. The scallops (cooked to perfection) and shortribs were outstanding, with the salty scallops balancing perfectly against the unctious meat. Chicken fried chicken featured the best peanut soy sauce I've had outside Singapore; simple but affecting. Pork belly wraps were great, though could have done with a more spicy kick in the pineapple samble to cut through the fat. Sashimi pizza was colourful, fun and great to start with, though be aware dishes 'come when they come', so if you plan to order big, like we did, split the ordering into two.

Friendly vibes, if a bit slow off the mark to pick up when you need the servers attention, but that doesn't long seeing as all seats are at the bar.

Witnessed a perfect deboning by a friendly chef obliging a fussy couple who can't reconcile themselves with the fact their meat used to be a living animal....top marks for not rolling your eyes!

Would come again!

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The menu was well thought out and the food delicious.

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Delicious food, neat dining experience sitting at the bar and watching the food being prepared. Everything we had was really nice, would definitely go back!

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Alice Fee

Every dish was amazing, we chose around 6-7 dishes between 2 as recommended by the staff. The waiter was great and also recommended his favourite dishes-aubergine and scallops. The freak scene IPA is also a must. The seating was all bar seating, which isn’t normally something we would choose, however, they were evenly spaced and we still felt comfortable.

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Max Thomas-Haynes

The food here is incredible. The staff were friendly and we had a great experience. We will definitely be going back again.

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Lively atmosphere and very tasty food. We shared a selection of plates including the miso aubergine and the chicken in soy sauce - delicious. The portions are not huge but 4-5 was enough for two people. The seating is on bar stools so fine for parties of 2-3 but might be more tricky if you are four or more. Good attentive service from friendly staff.

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